Donald J. Trump: “The African-American Church has been the conscience” of America

By Michael Hernandez

DETROIT—Donald J. Trump hosted by Great Faith International Ministries Church Bishop Wayne T. and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, spoke Saturday 9-3-16:  “For centuries the African-American church has been the conscience of our country.”


Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Donald J. Trump, and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson

“It has been from Black churches that the Civil Rights movement lifted up its soul and the soul of our nation,” said Trump.  “The African-American faith community has been one of the greatest gifts to America and to its people,” said Trump in the Detroit inner-city church.

(Editor’s Note:   See Trump media release on new Civil Rights Agenda:  A Safe Community, A Great Education, and A Secure Job

“I hope my presence (here) will reach new audiences (reference to television coverage of the worship service) and many of these audiences need your spirit and thought.   The Christian faith is not the past, but the present and the future.


Donald A. Trump addressing Detroit’s Great Faith International Ministries Church.

“As I prepare to campaign all across the nation, I will have an opportunity” to speak on “economic change, how to put every man in the ladder of success.  Our nation is too divided. We talk past each other, not to each other.  We need to learn what is going on.  I am here to learn so that together we can remedy injustice.

“We need a Civil Right agenda for this time.  We are one nation and when anyone hurts, we all hurt.  We are brothers and sisters created by the same God.  We must love each other and support each other.

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“I understand that African Americans suffer from discrimination.  Many wrongs must be made right.  I have been so greatly blessed with my family but nothing would make me happier than to take what I have learned in business all around the world to bring wealth and prosperity to those who have not had those opportunities.

“We need to renew the bonds of trust between citizens and the bonds of faith that made our nation strong.   America has been lifted up through the miracle of faith.  Let us turn again to our Christian heritage to lift up the soul of our nation.

“It is my prayer that America of tomorrow will be one of unity and togetherness of peace and prosperity. “

At the conclusion of the service, Bishop Jackson gave Trump a prayer shawl.  Later in the day, Dr. Ben Carson showed Trump his boyhood home.  He was also accompanied by his national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, who is also Black and said, “He came to Detroit to listen and become a voice of hope” and by Lynne Patton, a black woman executive working for Trump who said:  “The Motor City will prosper once again under at Trump Administration.”

Pastor Darrell Scott, a Cleveland-area black pastor in attendance said, “Mr. Trump will defend all our religious freedom and the freedom of Americans from all communities to worship in peace.”


Dr. Ben Carson shows Donald Trump his Detroit boyhood home after worship service.

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s news service,  founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected] or by calling (818) 263-9881.


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William "Bill" Hicks

Some fine words and thoughts that needed to be said. Regardless of any benefit to Trumps election, this was something long needed to be done from a republican candidate.

I’m 70 years old and this is the first time I can remember this ever happening.